Ashley Global Retail recently unveiled its new sustainably sourced facility in Tampa, Florida with a ribbon cutting and open house attended by Gov. Rick Scott, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and hundreds of business leaders and guests.
"While Ashley Furniture could have chosen to invest in any other of their locations, they knew that Florida was the best place to grow their business and create new jobs," Gov. Scott said. "By cutting $1 billion in taxes and creating the new $250 million dedicated Florida Enterprise Fund this year, we want more companies like Ashley Furniture to grow in Florida."
In the furniture retailer's move to its new e-commerce center and corporate offices within Tampa's Ybor City historical district, 200 jobs were created, including 40 new e-commerce jobs, giving local economy a boost.
The 76,000-square-foot office is a repurposed section of Centro Ybor, previously containing 10 sections of Muvico 20's auditoria. Of those, eight were demolished, and two were remodeled into training space for the company.
"We appreciate the hospitality of the City of Tampa and the State of Florida and are proud to contribute to the revitalization of Ybor City," Todd Wanek, president and CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries, said. "With a new state-of-the-art facility, our talented associates are enthusiastic to deliver a strong brand and retail excellence to our customers around the globe."